So today marks the ending of the war in Iraq. The flag of the United States has been lowered, troupes are packing up their military toys, politicians and public officials stand up and give long speeches and the United States officially gives the Iraqi government and military a fond farewell.
“To be sure, the cost was high — in blood and treasure for the United States and also for the Iraqi people,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called. “But those lives have not been lost in vain.” The fighting resulted, Panetta said, in a “free and sovereign Iraq.”
So what happens now? The Iraqi people will still have disadvantaged splinter groups terrorizing the country. Bombs and other nasty stuff will still make the streets of Bagdad and other places unsafe. The United States, arguably the initiator of this war, has stepped out, and the military of Iraq is left to fend for itself.
I hope that what so ever happens in the years to come, we take to heart the lessons taught by losing over four thousand soldiers. With all that pomp and circumstance; all those lives lost; all to bring democracy, freedom, and sovereignty to the Iraqi people, I hope this time we do not have to go back.
It is time to take care of the United States.
In the words of John Lennon, “Merry Christmas. The War is over!”